Guintoli looks back on ‘solid’ weekend

Sylvain Guintoli was content with performance at this weekend’s World Superbike Championship at Phillip Island.

The former world champion was quickest around the Australian seaside circuit in the testing prior to the opening weekend, but would have to settle for fifth and sixth in the two races.

Nonetheless, the Frenchman was happy with the results and impressed with the Yamaha’s performance.

“A really solid weekend for us and a strong start to the season here at Phillip Island,” the 33-year-old told

“Like we said at the team launch a month ago, it is going to take some time to be able to win races but, saying that, we’ve been a lot more competitive here that I thought we would be!

“Because we have been so close to the podium and to the victory – with three seconds in Race 1 and two seconds in Race 2 – we are going to take this on board and continue to improve the whole package without taking away from the DNA of the bike.

“It is clearly a very good base for our first race, and the start of our championship campaign, so we will just continue to work from here and move on to Thailand in two weeks.”

Meanwhile, teammate Alex Lowes was disappointed after a retirement in Race 1 and a crash in Race 2 lead to him only picking up two points for the weekend.

“It’s been a difficult and disappointing weekend in terms of results for me, but overall there are a lot of positives to take,” said the Brit.

“My knowledge and understanding of the YZF-R1 and how best to ride it have developed a lot throughout the week, as we have shown in the improvement from Friday practice through Saturday.”